What we're about

Are you a variety person, or do you want to be? Do you enjoy or seek out variety? Does it seem to find you? Or maybe too much variety is making you crazy. I think variety people are people who value, allow, seek and manage variety in their lives. If you are like that, or want to be, this group might be for you.

(To see some ideas for meetups right away, jump to the bullets farther down this page.)

"Variety" is the quality or state of being different or diverse; the absence of uniformity, sameness, or monotony. A "rut" is a habit or pattern that has become dull or unproductive but is hard to change. I suspect many people feel at least parts of their lives are in somewhat of a rut. And some ways our society is organized make it hard for us to get out of ruts. A few years ago I started the Variety People site ( http://varietypeople.org ) to help people get out of ruts, as well as value, allow, seek and manage variety in their lives.

This meetup group can help variety people, and those wanting to become variety people, connect IRL (in real life) and connect more locally. It can help us meet each other, share experiences and possibly help each other with ideas, events, networking, resources and other possibilities for finding and managing variety. We might even create some sustainable variety for ourselves and others! (I think sustainability and variety reinforce each other!) In the process, we might also make our worlds more interesting and more adapted to variety people.

I hope to have at least one meetup per month, and I hope you'll contribute ideas for meetups. I've started a collaborative Quip document (also available on mobile) for collecting ideas for meetups and planning them. RSVP for our meetup called Let's Collaborate on Meetup Ideas and Planning to join the discussion and planning for meetups! Here are some of the meetup ideas so far:

• Monthly mixer. We could mix, talk, network, share variety experiences and tips, and consider options, including exploring experience swaps, developing interest lists, discussing possible meetups, and updating a shared mobile document for ongoing collaboration on meetup ideas and planning.

• LA County Museum of Art‎ (LACMA) - area exploration and mixer.

• Amateur night for performances.

• Volunteer to do something as a group.

• Variety people networking and support group.

• Job trading or sharing.

• Potluck, perform and pickup.

• Start some sustainable proximities (which help create sustainable variety) using the Shared Situation Guide (https://sharedsituations.wordpress.com/), which others can then join too.

• Dance party, with a variety of kinds of dance.

• Art swap.

• Make group art, photograph it, destroy it.

• Variety workout — some of each: yoga, dance, run, weights, others?

• Variety people speed dating.

• Events that involve some work, some collaboration, and some play.

• Fashion show - attendees are in it, and watch it!

• Attend open mic event, and maybe participate!

• Beach stroll, chat, picnic and resource sharing.

• Online meeting to discuss meetup ideas.

• Mashups of any of the above ideas.

Since this group is based on http://varietypeople.org , you can participate there too. Not only that, if you do not live in the Los Angeles area, you could use ideas from varietypeople.org and this group to start a Variety People meetup group in your own area!

I hope you'll join us!

—David Loughry

Upcoming events (5)

SustaVariety LA — Joint Meetup

Koreatown Plaza

Let's make ourselves and Los Angeles better and more alive with SustaVariety! That's sustainable variety. It’s variety that continues, refreshes, renews. It can be enhanced with proximity thinking approaches (joint meetup with Proximity Thinkers LA) and other approaches we create. Join us! To quickly start proximity thinking, see the suggested course below. You can join us monthly and/or connect online (details to come)! Los Angeles, and the people of LA, have lots of challenges, lots of potential, and already have sustainable variety in many ways. By focusing on sustainable variety and sustainable proximities (which can reinforce each other), we can reorient our efforts, get energized, make ourselves and Los Angeles better, and be more alive. Our approaches should scale beyond Los Angeles, so we may influence the wider world and future too. At the meetup, we’ll start with a quick intro to SustaVariety. Then we’ll develop and update possible shared situations we can collaborate on together, as well as with our own groups of friends, family, associates, neighbors, etc. Then we'll choose a few and start or continue collaborating, using the shared situations approach and/or other approaches we develop. If you have a tablet or laptop, bring it. But your smartphone will work too. We may visit some websites together and interact online, as well as get set up for connecting and collaborating later. Whether you attend or not, you can get involved, in small to big ways, with or without money. Below are things we might do and ways we can create more SustaVariety for ourselves and LA: • For shared situations in our work, organizations, neighborhoods, communities, and region, use the Shared Situation Guide and/or the ProxThink growth model. More at: https://sharedsituations.wordpress.com https://proxthink.wordpress.com/growth-model • For making the arts and entertainment around LA more lively and sustainable, use the Artsdown approach. More at: https://artsdown.org • For creativity that enhances sustainable variety, use the ProxPatterns. More at: https://proxthink.wordpress.com/proxpatterns • For other approaches, we can start with the goal of creating variety that continues, refreshes, renews. Then see where it leads. • For a few other projects and groups for sustainable variety, visit: https://loughry.com Suggested Proxri Let's try no set prices for this. Let's use ProxRewards, also called "proxri," which are part of proximity thinking and are not limited to money (see https://proxri.org). We can proxri people related to benefits we gain from them now or in the future as a result of this event and group, and/or related to our interactions with them in this event and group. For the organizer (David Loughry), the suggested proxri per event is at least $3 via https://loughry.com/proxri, or some ongoing patronage level (getting you additional benefits) at: https://www.patreon.com/loughry Suggested Online Course To quickly start proximity thinking, and so we have some common language, take the online course "Let’s Be More Alive — Intro to ProxThink." There is also a trials option to check it out. More at: https://proxthink.thinkific.com Location, Parking, Transit We'll meet in one of the cafes in this Koreatown Plaza mall, or the food court there, depending on WiFi and group size. For our exact location within the mall, check the comments for this event in your Meetup app shortly before the meetup time. You can also message me within the Meetup app. PARKING: In the mall, there is free parking for three hours with validation. TRANSIT: Public transit is nearby, with a bus stop on Western by the mall, and the Western/Wilshire Metro subway stop not far away. This process uses the ProxThink Terms of Use (https://proxthink.com/members/about/terms-of-use.php), which boring as it is, may be the friendliest terms you've seen. Why? It's a better fit for our connected world. I hope you'll join us! —David Loughry

Support and Networking for Variety People

Urth Caffe

Being a variety person can be hard. You may be tugged in lots of directions, juggle diverse activities, jobs and people, and people may not "get" your diversity and complexity. We can help each other! Let's meetup to talk, listen, give advice and network for new adventures and opportunities. The Urth Caffé has great coffee, tea and food, with indoor and outdoor seating. If we're getting food and/or drinks, let's try to have them by 8 pm (not required, of course). Parking and Transit: There is nearby street parking for $2 per hour, and maybe some unmetered street parking too. If you know more about parking options in this area, let us know in the comments. There are several major streets nearby, so public transit shouldn't be too difficult. This is a monthly event. If others can help run it sometimes, we could even do it several times a month. We can move it around. If you know good places for this with decent or free parking, let us know in the comments!

Vote on Our Monthly Adventure!

Needs a location

As each month gets closer, I'll start a poll for what to do and everyone can vote. You can also propose adventures. Vote at the link below. If you're on mobile in the Meetup app, you'll be taken to a web page and you'll need to zoom in. Here's the link where you can vote: https://www.meetup.com/Variety-People-Los-Angeles/polls/ For more info about each poll choice, I'll post links here, since space in the polls is limited. Also, the date and time may shift, based on the adventure. I can organize any one of the choices, but co-organizers could do others if enough people are interested. Interested in organizing a meetup? Let me know. So watch this space, or start a discussion below ahead of time if you have ideas for what to do! Thanks! David

Let's Collaborate on Meetup Ideas and Planning (also an ongoing mobile process)

I've started a collaborative Quip document (also available on mobile) for collecting ideas for meetups and planning them. RSVP for this event, and I'll send you details about how to join the document. On the date of the meetup, we'll have an online meeting using AnyMeeting. I'll do an orientation to the Quip document, and we can discuss ideas and planning for meetups. ATTENDANCE NOT REQUIRED! To RSVP for this meetup, you only need to want to join our collaborative document. You DON'T need to be available to attend the online meetup on the date listed. Here are some of the ideas so far. If some meetup ideas are popular, we can repeat those events if others want to attend, or attend again! For a few of these ideas, I've written descriptions of the meetup, which you'll find under our group Pages tab (you'll only see the Pages tab when viewing the desktop version of the Meetup site). RSVP so you can join the document and conversation, to let us know your ideas! • Monthly mixer. We could mix, talk, network, share variety experiences and tips, and consider options, including exploring experience swaps, developing interest lists, discussing possible meetups, and updating a shared mobile document for ongoing collaboration on meetup ideas and planning. • LA County Museum of Art‎ (LACMA) - area exploration and mixer. • Amateur night for performances. • Volunteer to do something as a group. • Variety people networking and support group. • Job trading or sharing. • Potluck, perform and pickup. • Start some sustainable proximities (which help create sustainable variety) using the Shared Situation Guide (https://sharedsituations.wordpress.com/), which others can then join too. • Dance party, with a variety of kinds of dance. • Art swap. • Make group art, photograph it, destroy it. • Variety workout — some of each: yoga, dance, run, weights, others? • Variety people speed dating. • Events that involve some work, some collaboration, and some play. • Fashion show - attendees are in it, and watch it! • Attend open mic event, and maybe participate! • Beach stroll, chat, picnic and resource sharing. • Online meeting to discuss meetup ideas. • Mashups of any of the above ideas. Again, just RSVP for this event, and I'll send you details about how to join the collaborative and mobile Quip document. On the date of the meetup, we'll have an online meeting using AnyMeeting. I'll do an orientation to the Quip document, and we can discuss ideas and planning for meetups. As mentioned, you don't need to be able to attend the online meeting, you only need to want to join our collaborative document.

Past events (13)

SustaVariety for Los Angeles (Joint Meetup)

WeWork Coworking & Office Space

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